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Are Grains Bad For You ? – The Truth *Unveiled*

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The grain has been an on going discussion over these past couple years and rightly so since grains are one of the world’s biggest source of food energy. Now since so many of you consume grains daily wouldn’t it make sense to know what your actually putting in your body ? Some think grains are the cause of all society’s health issues while others think they’re an essential part of a healthy diet. In this article we will discuss both the good and bad arguments on whether grains are of any benefit to you.

What Are Grains ?

Grains are seeds that grow on grass like plants called cereals and not only do us humans consume grains, but it is also used to feed our livestock (chicken, cows, pigs etc.) These grains are processed into many different food products such as corn, rice, oats and wheat.

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There are also many foods that are made from grains such as breads, breakfast cereals, tortillas, donuts, cookies, pasta and pastries.

The Pros Of Eating Grains

  • They are low in calorie density which promotes satiety. So if your feeling fuller for longer you will consume less calories and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Grains provide many nutrients and fibre essential to having a healthy diet.
  • Eating grains will help decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes, lower your risk of heart disease by 30%, high blood pressure and certain cancers. Taking Fish Oils Will Further Reduce Your Risk Of These Diseases: Full Review Of Fish Oils Here
  • There have been many studies suggesting that people who consume less grains tend to be overweight or obese. The main reason for this is because not many foods contain as much fibre as grains which leads to body fat gain and the feeling of lethargy after meals. See once you eliminate grains you are only able to eat vegetables, fruits, nuts, dairy products and meat.

The Cons Of Eating Grains

  • Celiac disease is a condition where your body fights gluten with its immune system since it believes that gluten is an “invader”. This can cause many problems in humans such as weight gain, memory issues, fatigue or even much more serious illnesses like heart disease and cancer.
  • A less serious disease is that many people are intolerant to gluten just like how many are intolerant to lactose. Luckily, there are still gluten-free grains such as rice, corn, quinoa and oats that you can still consume.
  • Grains cause your insulin levels to go through the roof leading to obesity and diabetes. Refined grains such as white rice causes a much greater insulin response, but whole grains such as brown rice causes a much smaller insulin release. Additionally, excess insulin certainly causes fat storage, but if your eating at an overall calorie deficit or maintenance these spikes of insulin won’t affect your weight as fat gain only occurs when you eat in a caloric surplus.

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  • Grains contain antinutrients that interfere with the digestion and absorption of other nutrients. Unfortunately, many foods that we eat today contain antinutrients so if you were to avoid them all there wouldn’t be much left for you to eat. However, if you prepare these foods by soaking, sprouting and fermenting them most of the antinutrients will be degraded.

So Should You Eat Grains ?

Grains are actually not bad for you and even though it may have a few cons the goods still far outweighs the bad. Although, if you can’t tolerate grains then obviously stop consuming them, but if your not sure well then its time for you too experiment. Go 30 days without grains (completely remove them from your diet) and after 30 days reintroduce grains back into your diet and see if you feel or look any better than when you didn’t have grains in your diet. If you feel terrible then it’s time for you too stop consuming grains as unfortunate as it is. P.S. always remember that excess calories, processed fats, sugars and meats are what you need to be the most concerned with when it comes to your nutrition. If you would like a list of the best grains to eat: Click Here

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If you have anymore questions about grains then feel free to leave a comment below.

14 thoughts on “Are Grains Bad For You ? – The Truth *Unveiled*

  1. Hey Andrew,

    In regards to gluten sensitivity and grain/carbs as a whole, my wife started to notice she was always feeling bad and nauseous after eating a bunch of bread or pasta or things with grain in them. We decided to just cut out bread and pasta for a while and it seemed to really help.

    So, my question is, how would you recommend we go about testing to see which grains it is that is causing her to feel bad ? Just try one type for a week and see how she feels ? Or just go back to before and see how it goes ?

    Also, I must admit I have always been super skeptical about the seemingly constant stream of people becoming gluten insensitive, but now that I’ve seen how much better my wife has been feeling since we cut out most bread and pasta I’m starting to believe it more.

    I look forward to hearing back from you !

    Dustin

    1. Hey Dustin,

      If you would like to know what grains are causing your wife to feel bad then the best way to go about this is just like you said try one type for a week and see how she feels then keep a list of the grains that she can eat without feeling bad or nauseous afterwards.

      Hope that helps !

      Andrew

  2. As a nutrition guy and after all I’ve learned about losing weight, grains are definitely not bad for you. A carb is a carb ! Your body doesn’t know the difference between BROWN-ies & BROWN-rice. The only difference is how fast each one is digested, depending on their rank on the glycemic index !

    1. Well a carb is a carb, but there is a big difference in the nutritional value between brownies and brown rice so the only difference isn’t how fast each one is digested.

  3. Great information. I have been uncertain for some time now about the argument about grains. From this blog I see that the benefits far outweigh the cons in my case. I could however try your suggestion to eliminate grains completely from my diet for 30 days and see how I feel, I wonder if I’ll feel different. I do like the fact that grains provide my body with a fuller feel which allows me to eat less because I gain weight pretty fast.

    1. Hey Jonathan,

      It is always good to experiment especially when it comes to what you eat so if you can, try to remove grains from your diet for 30 days and you may feel better than ever before. If not then you can always add them back into your diet 🙂

      Good Luck !

  4. Thank you for the very interesting information here. I totally agree with you in that refined grains spike your blood sugar level and eating whole grains is far better for your health. I have actually given up processed sugars and now only eat whole grains and enjoy a big bowl of porridge in the morning with a handful of blueberries for a hint of sweetness. I enjoyed reading your page.

    1. Glad you enjoyed Jackie, giving up processed sugars completely is a very hard thing to do and not many can so well done.

  5. Grains are good especially in pregnancy, it aids digestion as I’ve experienced (in babies also). I never knew there was a con to it just thought there was only pros.

    I will increase my intake of rice and oats, but if you could make another post about “grains and obesity” that would help me understand it better.

    Thanks !

    1. Hi Mary,

      There are always cons to just about any food you eat, but most of the times wholefoods pros always outweigh there cons.

      I’ll soon right a post about grains and obesity so remember to check the site regularly.

      Andrew

  6. It’s my understanding that grains are not bad for you per say and in fact, multi-grain bread can be very beneficial under most circumstances. However, I was told to avoid any kind of grains or seeds while recovering from surgery for colon cancer.

    And then there’s dwarf wheat, which is what wheat as we knew it 50 years ago has been transformed into by GMO’s and other man-made modifications to the way grains are grow and processed.

    I never even heard the words “gluten free” until several years ago when I was serving some customers at a restaurant and I had to ask the chef if we had any gluten free items on the menu. Since then, of course almost every place that serves food has at least one gluten free entree on the menu.

    The times they are a-changin’.

    1. Yes grains are not bad for you unless your intolerant to gluten, so now almost every restaurant will contain some kind of gluten free foods on there menu since being intolerant to gluten is becoming more common as people didn’t know what gluten was and how it was affecting them back in the old days.

      Times are really changing eh Hal.

  7. I try to cut on grains because I didn’t hear good stuff about it. I read in your article that it can increase your insulin levels to the top and that’s the kind of thing I’m worried about with grains. My guess is that it’s best to eat this in the morning, but not after that or at night. What is your thoughts on this ?

    1. It can definitely help if you eat this in the morning and not at night if you’re worried about your insulin levels, unless your not as active in the morning then you are at night (say if you had a late night job). Although if you eat whole grains instead of refined grains your insulin levels won’t be affected too much.

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